A Swiss study has found that "pre-drinking
," "pre-funking," "pre-gaming"—basically, the ritual among college-age young adults of drinking before you go out to drink, leads to "excessive consumption and adverse consequences."
Pre-gaming didn't have a name when I was their age; it's interesting how the phenomenon (is it even a phenomenon?) has become a media meme this year. This NYT story is another example.
I realize the newly-released study provides citeable evidence about a behavior with dangerous consequences, but the results are kind of like, yo, thanks, Captain Obvious.
"Increased drinking was associated with a greater likelihood of blackouts, hangovers, absences from work or school or alcohol poisoning. Pre-drinkers were also found to engage more often in unintended drug use, unsafe sex, drunken driving or violent behavior."
Sounds about right. More in the LA Times.
Thirty percent of adult Americans are teetotalers. Ten percent consume an average of 0.02 drinks a week. Another ten percent have 0.14 drinks per week (I’m in this category, as I will have a taste of my wife’s wine when she orders a glass). The next ten percent has 0.63 drinks a week, followed by […]
On the science of alcohol and alcholism, from 1949, Encyclopedia Brittanica films. Booze: “a potential menace to community safety as well as personal health”.
This video was made by Finland-based Fragile Childhood, “an awareness-raising campaign, which aims to reduce parents’ use of alcohol by helping them understand the harm it causes to children.” Here’s another: What if children could choose their parents?
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